||The Travels of Dursmirg series ©2012 by John M. Grimsrud is in four
volumes: Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Sailing the Sea Islands, Sailing the
Florida Keys, and Sailing to St. Augustine.
The first three volumes were previously published in 2010. They have been renamed, updated,
upgraded, and reformatted.
Verbal detritus that could dialogue you to death has been eliminated to give a smooth and interesting
read spiced with humor and the author’s slant on history.
Available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 1
This adventure story began as an idea and unfolded into a dream come true.
An obsession of escape materialized in 1972 with the building and launching of the
dreamboat, Dursmirg. The motivations and inspirations for the five year plan were hastened
by the revelation that youth only comes to you one time.
John and Jane went over the horizon and out to sea on their adventurous voyage.
From Duluth-Superior, they crossed the Great Lakes to New York City. Snow turned them
south. It was an enchanting journey, and in more than one place they felt tempted to stay. But
there was always the thought of Florida driving them on.
They arrived in fairyland. Destiny planted them in St. Augustine.
The first winter in Florida’s waters they met incredible characters and mingled with the natives
who made them appear like arch conservatives.
This story relates the exciting happenings and action-packed personalities that forever
altered their lives and changed its course.
This true love story that began with desires and aspirations then molded into reality was a
stepping stone and spring board for the adventuresome life that took them to totally new
dimensions. This is the first of four volumes in a series.
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Sailing the Sea Islands, Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 2
Gone fishin’ instead of just a wishin’
On Thanksgiving Day, 1972, they anchored at Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, their first
taste of this enchanted land. They were impressed with the beautiful islands that tempted
them to stay, but Florida was beckoning. They pressed on south through Georgia to Florida,
which was the culmination of a five year plan.
On May 22, 1973, after spending a glorious winter in St. Augustine, Florida, they pulled their
anchor and headed north.
Now they would be returning with the time to enjoy life to the fullest. This wonderful new world
that awaited them was filled with dazzling surprises.
Sailing the Sea Islands is about pristine beaches, secluded anchorages, fun loving people,
fishing adventures, and seafood experiences spiced with delectable southern cooking.
Jane and John had been neophytes when it came to salt water fishing; they had a lot to learn
and would discover the local tricks for living out of the sea.
These experiences turned out to be among the very finest of their lives, especially when they
became acquainted with the clever secrets and culinary delights of Southern cooking.
In this volume Jane has added her all-time best Recipes from the Galley of Dursmirg,
featuring Southern cooking focused on Sea Island seafood using native ingredients.
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Sailing the Florida Keys, Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 3
“We are going where the wind blows, when the spirit moves us,
and the price is right.”
These were the driving forces that would be fulfilled beyond their wildest expectations.
Using St. Augustine, Florida, as a home base, winter sailing sojourns south always included
the Indian River where lifelong friendships were cemented, bountiful seafood harvested, and
anchorages were a slice of paradise.
Biscayne Bay was a cruising sail boater’s dream come true with bountiful seafood, neat
anchorages, and magical Miami there when your desires were tempted.
Dinner Key, Coconut Grove and Miami were all pulsating with an endless array or interesting
things to do. Marvelous Cuban restaurants, back to the earth sun seekers, and salty sailors all
added to the flavor.
Sailing the Florida Keys proved to be the best sailing, fishing, and exploring to be found
anywhere. They saw the Keys that nearly nobody got to see; under its waters and away from
highways. West of Key West only boaters ventured… a Utopian paradise for a privileged few.
Sailing to St. Augustine: Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 4
In Sailing to St. Augustine you will meet a mix of characters that are entertaining, amusing, and witty,
and learn about the history of St. Augustine from the author’s perspective in his search for the
Fountain of Youth. John and Jane designed and built their dreamboat, sailed away, and lived with
nature, out of the sea and off the land for fifteen glorious years— mission accomplished. Their dream
In this final book of the Travels of Dursmirg series, Sailing to St. Augustine, they step into the world of
St. Augustine and meet the people, some of them rogues and social misfits, who made their time in St.
Augustine a one-of-a-kind experience.
St. Augustine had enticed and beguiled them from their first encounter, and now they would find there
an irresistible opportunity to enjoy their new found lives to the fullest.
They would discover the story of the Fountain of Youth and the intriguing history of St. Augustine.
Discover how St. Augustine, as a home base, perpetuated their adventures into even more far flung
This story relates the action-packed events and exciting personalities that forever altered their lives
and changed its course in St. Augustine, a place caught in the cross-hairs of time.
Yucatan for Travelers - Side Trips: Valladolid to Tulum
Yucatán's Magic-Mérida Side Trips: Treasures of Mayab
By John M. Grimsrud are now part of the Yucatan for Travelers series.
Yucatán’s Magic - Mérida Side Trips: Treasures of Mayab and Yucatan for Travelers - Side
Trips: Valladolid to Tulum look beyond the obvious popular tourist attractions, the luxury coastal
resorts, and the modern conveniences of big cities, to discover the unique Yucatan.
From the Puuc hills to the extensive coast of Yucatan there are thousands of kilometers of paved
quiet roads through countless Mayan villages interspersed with colonial haciendas, and ancient
Mayan ruins, all there waiting for your visit. This is photo-op and bird watching country that is the very
Over a quarter of a century of driving, busing, and cycling this unique end of the world, while living in
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, led the author to compile an impressive collection of outings that are the
foundation for this book, built one story at a time.
For the armchair traveler and people that have been to Yucatan before and think that they have done
everything, these books will open the door to another side of life not presented in tours or guided
These aren't just guide books but idea books. They are something of another element to give you
direction with your guide books like Lonely Planet or Moon Guide. The book is not made to compete
with guidebooks—it is made to complement them.
In these books you will find the author’s favorite travel adventure trips of the places, excursions and
outings, which he likes for different reasons. Among them; tranquility, history, a view of picturesque
villages, a connection with the ancient Maya, changing landscape, and a look at another aspect of
life, which will take you out of the mainstream and off the beaten path.
Many of the excursions have been by bicycle and bus. Bicycle and bus excursions in Yucatan are by
far the most inexpensive you will ever take and can be the most rewarding in not only health benefits
but also in memorable experiences.
For an adventure that takes you out of the mainstream to explore some of this peaceful, and
fascinating world, follow in the author’s path to the places without trinket shops and tour buses. Take
a glimpse at some of Yucatan that tourists miss most!
Available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
Available in iBook store for iPod, IPad. NOOK
About John M. Grimsrud
John M. Grimsrud lives with his wife Jane in Mérida, Yucatan, in an ecologically friendly home of his
own design. He has been biking, photographing, exploring, and writing about the Yucatan for over
Prior to seeking a new life of adventure in Yucatan, Mexico, John and his wife lived aboard their home
built 46-foot sailboat Dursmirg for many years.
John has published a four volume Travels of Dursmirg sailing series about life and travels aboard his
vessel Dursmirg. These books are: Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Sailing the Sea Islands, Sailing the
Florida Keys, and Sailing to St. Augustine.
In addition, he has published Yucatan's Magic- Mérida Side Trips and Yucatan for Travelers. These
two books contain over 25 years worth of selected day trips to places tourists miss most, plus useful
transportation information and tips on the best seasons to visit Yucatan.
Jane, his editor, lifetime companion, wife, and best friend, has published three historical books:
Sentinels of the Past- 1961- [the most plagiarized northern Wisconsin book], Looking for a New
Frontier- 2010 plus Brule River Forest and Lake Superior - 2013.
These books are available in paperback and Kindle digital world wide, except for Sentinels of the Past
which is out of print.
||Brule River Forest and Lake Superior: Cloverland Anecdotes
by Jane Pearson Grimsrud
This book of historical anecdotes is set in the Northwestern Lake Superior region.
It is fact filled, fast moving, humorous and witty with identifiable human faces. You will get to know the
people who made America what it is today; fur traders, Indians, voyagers, lumberjacks, robber barons
and homesteading pioneers.
Travel through history on the Brule River of Wisconsin and along the shore of Lake Superior.
Take note of the howls of the timber wolves, the war cries of the Ojibwe and Sioux, and the tales of
This book is available in paperback, Kindle, and large print editions.
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Looking for a New Frontier: The Story of the Edwin Pearson
Family, by Jane A. Pearson Grimsrud
This is a true people story. Not just an adventure story. Not just an immigration story. This is a story of
the people that made America great.
The story starts in Skåne, Sweden, where Edwin’s father’s dream of America began.
Chronicled here are the dreams, desires, aspirations and drives that motivated the Pearson family to
make the cut-over land of Northern Wisconsin their home.
This narrative is related with intriguing anecdotes and spiced with Old Country humor. You will find a
reflection of grass roots home spun Americana in every one of the real people who laid the
foundation of a community that was part of the American dream.
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About Jane Pearson Grimsrud
Jane Pearson Grimsrud spent her childhood living in the community of Cloverland located on the
shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin.
Her father was a storyteller and a historian of the area. Jane was always writing letters and helping
her father search for the stories of the people who had come before them. She walked the fields of
their farm with her father and he showed her the places where Indians had camped and left behind
their arrowheads and knives.
When her father came upon an abandoned homestead with 3 graves marked with crude wooden
crosses, Jane and her father had to find the story behind the graves. While in high school, Jane
wrote her first book about the history of the people who left the 3 graves of children behind.
Jane has spent her adult life looking for new frontiers. With her husband, John M. Grimsrud, she
built a 46 foot sailboat and left the North Country behind and sailed South to a warmer climate.
Jane currently resides with her husband in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico.
|Jane and her sister Judy in
the Brule River -1947